Mega Millions jackpot drawn for historic $1.28 billion
Mega Millions confirmed to ABC News that only one unprecedented $1.28 billion prize ticket was sold in Illinois. On Friday night, the lottery numbers were picked.
As for the Mega Ball number 14, it was 14 out of 14 for the winning numbers.
This is the third time in the lottery's 20-year existence that the top reward has topped $1 billion.
According to a Mega Millions press release, the jackpot has risen to an estimated $1.28 billion — a cash value of $648.2 million — after no ticket matched all six numbers drawn on Tuesday night.
After the $1.537 billion jackpot won in South Carolina on October 23, 2018 — the greatest lottery payout ever won on a single ticket — this is the second-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history.
For the drawing on Tuesday, the jackpot has been reset to $20 million. The 30th Mega Millions drawing was held on Friday night, making this jackpot run the longest in the lottery's history.
There have been more than 28.1 million winning tickets at all reward levels since the Mega Millions jackpot was last won in Tennessee on April 15, with a total of 42 winning tickets worth $1 million or more in 17 states around the United States.
Mega Millions prizes in California, New York, Minnesota, and Tennessee have all been claimed so far this year.
Based on game sales and interest rates, Mega Millions prizes begin at $20 million and increase in size. No matter how many people buy tickets, they still have a chance of winning the grand prize of $1 billion.
Ticket prices for the Mega Millions lottery range from $2 to $5, depending on where you live. Island group known as the Virgins.
At 11 p.m., the drawings take place. At WSB-TV studios in Atlanta, the Georgia Lottery supervises every Tuesday and Friday at ET.
A cash lump prize or 30 annual instalments over the course of 29 years are the options available to winners.